After a two-year hiatus due to health problems, James Levine returned to Carnegie Hall on May 19, 2013, to lead the Met Orchestra in a stirring presentation of music by Richard Wagner, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert. This concert showed Levine to be both resilient and confident as he conducted from his elevated wheelchair, demonstrating the inner strength that has sustained him through several injuries and surgeries. The program opened with a beatific performance of Wagner's Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin, and the orchestra responded to Levine's direction with warmth and intensity.
Jenkins's working band, Sting, were capable of great things in a live setting, but they're nothing compared to the new Computer Minds. The live session completely merits the exclamation mark. It's a fierce, urgent session, recorded in a New York public school, and sounds appropriately in contact with what's going on in the streets. To an extent, Jenkins is a traditionalist rather than a radical. His interests, though, have always reached well beyond jazz, and his band tackles a whole range of black musics.
2012 two CD release, an edited version of the concert originally available in the Super Deluxe Live At Hull box set. Live At Hull is a warts-and-all document - that strange popping sound noticeable at times is the sound of Keith Moon's frenzied drumstick attack making contact with the overhead mic. But after four decades of being neglected it's a document to savor, capturing The Who at their performing pinnacle and is presented here in edited form.
Tripping the Live Fantastic is Paul McCartney's first official solo live album and his first release of concert material since Wings' 1976 Wings over America live package. It was released in 1990 as triple LP, double cassette and double CD. Tripping the Live Fantastic reached number 17 in the UK and number 26 in the US…